Clinical Pathology

  • Laboratory Department Supervisor

    Job Location US-TX-Austin
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/29/2018 7:59 PM)
    Regular Full-Time
    Third shift
  • Overview

    Responsible for the overall operation of the department.  Responsible for orientating, evaluating, and documenting performance of testing personnel.  Establishes, maintains, and revises departmental policies and procedures to include departmental programs, quality control, quality assurance, and safety.  Oversee and reviews patient test results, quality control results, and takes remedial action when indicated.  Maintains departmental expenses and productivity as budgeted.




                   I.      Hires and directs departmental staff in the performance of their duties.

        • Interviews all prospective applicants for department
        • Oversees departmental general orientation and training of employees
        • Conducts competency testing and performance appraisals for employees in a timely manner
        • Counsels employees when indicated in accordance with CPL and departmental policies
        • Utilizes staff effectively through scheduling and work assignments.


                 II.      Oversees and maintains the following departmental programs

        • Institutes and revises departmental policies and procedures as needed
        • Develops and maintains  departmental quality assurance and quality control programs, taking corrective action when indicated.
        • Follows and enforces all safety policies
        • Assists with continuing education programs within the laboratory


                III.      Utilizes the following tools to manage departmental resources

        • Maintains expenses within a budgeted variance
        • Maintains appropriate chemicals and supplies to correspond with testing requirements
        • Identifies and recommends items for capital purchase
        • Evaluates data to determine the most cost effective methods and supplies


              IV.      Utilizes technical skills and abilities to perform laboratory testing.

        • Ability to competently perform all tests in moderate and high complexity testing.
        • Follows laboratory procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analysis, reporting and maintaining records of patient results.


                V.      Performs miscellaneous duties and/or special projects as assigned


    Scope:  Promotes quality relations and creates supportive climate by serving as a role model.  Respects and maintains the confidentiality of information relative to the laboratory.  Adheres to and enforces prescribed laboratory safety policies and regulations.  Works independently with minimal direction.  Functions as a liaison between the laboratory and the laboratory customers.  Operates general laboratory equipment, including but not limited to:  telephones, computer keyboards and CRT, automated analyzers, centrifuges, microscopes, manual and automated pipettes.  Effectively communicates via written, verbal, face-to-face, telephone, and computer methods.


    Education:  BS in Medical Technology (Chemical, Physical, Biological, or Clinical Laboratory Science); OR qualifies as a supervisor under current CLIA regulations


    Certification:  Certified in the area of Clinical Laboratory Science by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.



    Minimum – Six (6) years of laboratory training or experience or both in a laboratory performing high complexity testing.  If posseses a masters degree, must have four (4) years of laboratory training or experience or both in a laboratory performing high complexity testing.


    Skills:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical reports.  Ability to write accurate and concise clinical documents, memos, and required correspondence.  Ability to collect and analyze data using statistical methods.  Ability to communicate effectively at all levels within the laboratory and with laboratory customers.


    Reporting Relationship: 

    Reports to the Laboratory Technical Operations Manager/VP of Operations

    Positions supervised – Medical Technologist, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Laboratory Assistants


    Physical Requirements:  Requires light to medium lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds.  Requires manipulation of tools, objects, and equipment using the following physical motions:  pushing, pulling, lifting, reaching above shoulder height, grasping with both hands, pinching with thumb and forefinger, twisting with hand and wrist, climbing under, lifting up, lifting down, and reaching under.  Routinely requires coordination of two or more physical operations.  Routinely requires visual discrimination of color, size, shape, and motility.  Requires the ability to hear audible alarms on temperature monitored equipment and automated analyzers.


    Environmental Demands:  Works in temperature controlled environment with constant exposure to biological and chemical hazards.  May be required to operate fire and safety equipment or follow other safety procedures in an emergency situation.  May be required to work with time constraints and in crisis situations.

    Additional Information

    Must be able to successfully complete pre-employment background check and drug screen, EOE


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